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  • Sacrificial Lamb: Roger Remous and Thaddeus Brickhouse.
  • Sacrificial Lion:
    • PBB, considering that he was a major character of the Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG and was also a close friend of Rex in Dino Attack RPG itself.
    • Dust, considering that he was a nomad who had survived on his own wits and skills for many years and a very important character of the Adventurers' Island story arc.
    • Amanda Claw, considering that she was one of the most important and longest-running characters of Dino Attack RPG, and yet she was intended to die in the Final Battle.
  • Said Bookism: PeabodySam is especially guilty of this, avoiding the word "said" like it was the plague. He even falls into the trap of using verbs that aren't a form of speech, such as "grinned" or "shrugged", just to avoid using "said".
  • Sailor Earth: The original Dino Attack team was made up of four guys. The RPG has introduced over 237 additional members of the team, both men and women.
  • Saloon Owner: Being bartenders and secret-keepers of two notorious mercenaries, Bartholomew and Carrie Enderson have some traits of Saloon Owners.
  • Same Character, but Different:
    • It turns out that Septimus, the loveable and naive Skeleton Drone, was actually Swerve from the Alpha Team RPGs. Justified, in that he was subjected to a Mind-Control Orb and suffered from Laser-Guided Amnesia, and upon rediscovering his true identity, started acting more like his old self again.
    • Similarly, Ben Gunn was an appealing character because his constant senile musing and philosophies made him an amusing character to read. After getting hit by a ton of rocks that apparently cured his senility, Ben Gunn became very different in personality, now dark and serious instead of naive and amusing.
  • Samurai: Solomon had formal training in Japan.
  • Samus Is a Girl:
    • None of the founding members realized that Pterisa was female until she spoke.
    • Played With in the case of Pyro. It was originally Averted, since Word of God confirmed that Pyro was male, and then Double Subverted, when the mask came off and Pyro turned out be a girl, and then Triple Subverted when recent developments revealed that Pyro was male all along and the girl was actually posing as Pyro.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Greybeard was definitely not crying during the final battle. It was raining very hard, and there was a leak in the roof, in case you haven't noticed.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Dr. Rex, whose sanity has been slowly slipping for over fifty years before being rapidly accelerated in recent times.
    • The war hasn't exactly had a positive effect on Lance's mind.
    • Athena Fabello's sanity began slipping after the death of her husband and her alcoholism to cope. Her son Oswald's sanity started slipping after the Dino Attack began. He finally went off the slippery slope when learned the Darkitect was real and murdered his mother.
    • Carl Lutsky really went off the deep end.
    • The mounting stress and tension of the Dino Attack, combined with the news of his days being numbered and the paranoia of the mole hunt, hasn't exactly had a positive effect on Rex's mind.
    • After Andrew Jackson's family was killed, his sanity really went off the slippery slope.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Ronald E. Army was never actually a general, but truly thought that he was promoted to that rank after a sarcastic statement by the LEGOLAND president.
  • Saved by Canon:
    • Canon LEGO characters could not be killed for this reason.
    • After November 2005, the Dino Attack had a Foregone Conclusion that the Dino Attack Team would ultimately defeat the Mutant Dinos.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Hotwire and Kat in the early days of the RPG. Inverted by Kate and Lance. While Lance is the more energetic, trigger happy individual, Kate is much more cautious and knows the danger she's gotten into.
  • Scaled Up: Dr. Rex became a Mutant T-Rex. Okay, so it's not a snake, but dinosaurs are usually considered reptiles, so it's close enough.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • General is still covered with burn scars, Greybeard has refused any prosthetic eye replacements, Rex is stuck with limp legs, Dust's right hand is dead, Hotwire has refused a mechanical leg, and Talia won't consider plastic surgery for her scars.
    • Zig Zagged with Frozeen. Like General, he had burn scars for the rest of his life. After his life, on the other hand, all scars were removed and he was restored to his pre-G.E. Body appearance.
  • Scary Animal Title: Dino might be extinct, but it's still a scary animal.
  • Scary Black Man: Pharisee
  • Schemer: Dust.
  • Schizo Tech:
    • The entire LEGO Universe, as depicted in Dino Attack RPG. We have knights and pirates shooting crossbows and flintlock pistols alongside astronauts and cyborgs shooting lasers and sonic weapons as all sorts of technology levels coexist in this world.
    • The Space Knights are a specific example, since their entire culture is based on Medieval Stasis enhanced by futuristic technology.
  • Schmuck Bait: The secret black operations Antarctica mission was explicitly said to be a secret mission because, if word ever got out that Mutant Dinos were invading Antarctica (not to mention that Shadow and Viper agreed to this mission behind Digger's back), the consequences would be dire. Unfortunately, Atton Rand was Wrong Genre Savvy and believed that PeabodySam wanted players to spread word about the mission, and so with the help of newly-created NPCs Cam O'Cozy and French Fries, he let Zenna spread the news that there were Mutant Dinos in Antarctica and realists were going behind the backs of idealists. Needless to say, dire consequences followed.
  • Science Is Bad:
    • While this trope may be invoked, since two very science-based organizations (XERRD and ShadowTech) have far-from-clean records, this trope is actually averted by the inclusion of scientists such as Frank Einstein, Reptile, and Fuchs working for the Dino Attack Team.
    • Lampshaded and defied by Rex, who pointed out that science's purpose is to benefit mankind, not to justify holocausts.
  • Scope Snipe: Barry Jackson got lucky and managed to pull one of these against a XERRD sniper.
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!:
    • They might be trying to stop an invasion of mutant dinosaurs, but that doesn't exactly stop Rotor from sitting down and listening to some classical music once in a while.
    • After successfully retaking a third of Gold City, the Second Headquarters Squad celebrated in a local tavern. Ironically, this rendered the team vulnerable to the Hybrids' strike back (it did not help that Demoman had a hangover as a result).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The Minifig/Mutant Lizard Hybrids deserted Enox Phorm, especially after realizing that Enox thought of them as expendable.
    • Trigger quickly realized he was in over his head with the Silencia issue and took a brief period of distraction to escape, and Snake decided that his promised pardon didn't matter (seeing as he has no intention of reforming, the pardon wouldn't last long, as he'd soon be giving the police other reasons to start hunting him again), so they both decided to ditch the team and make a run for it (and then Snake went and ditched Trigger in an attempt to get away). Montoya was mistaken for such, but he wasn't actually a part of the team to begin with, and was really just trying to get home.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: "XERRD" is "Dr. Rex" spelled backwards.
  • Sea Monster:
    • Mutant Vinscale Octomus, an already-dangerous Kraken-like monster mutated via the same means as Mutant Dinos (presumably involving the Maelstrom). Luckily, the only known Mutant Vinscale Octomus swarm was wiped out thanks to Evil Ogel and General.
    • The octosaur, a strange octopus-like creature mixed with mutant dino DNA. Technically, it was mainly living in the good caverns, but the fact that one took a Coast Guard ship by surprise and quickly sunk it some time afterwords proves that they are still a formidable threat that could strike at any time.
  • Seadog Beard: Greybeard and Coral.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Type 2 example with Talia Kaahs, Pterisa, and the prototype Mutant Dinos while they were held in stasis in the Dino Island Laboratory.
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: Garry's managed to make a few in an effort to cover up his role in torturing prisoners.
  • Second Act Break Up: Shortly before the mission which led to the discovery of the Dino Island Laboratory, Amanda and Rex broke up. Not due to any misunderstandings or anger between them... but because they both accepted that their relationship couldn't go much farther when they were completely different species. Luckily, this was resolved by the end of the mission, since a freak accident in the lab caused Rex and Dr. Rex to switch bodies, so now Rex and Amanda are both the same species and free to continue their relationship.
  • Secret Keeper: Bartholomew Enderson to Silencia Venomosa and Carrie Enderson to Trigger.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Frozeen deduced Silencia Venomosa's identity several hours before asking Amanda for confirmation.
  • Secret Underground Passage:
    • A Secret Underground Passage connects Dinosaur Island to the sewage and subway systems of LEGO City.
    • Cabin discovered one to be discovered under the XERRD Fortress, through which Strangebrick, Jenny, and Tom apparently managed to escape the fortress and past the Dino Attack Agents stationed outside.
  • Secretly Dying: Rex, who was keeping his fatal condition a secret in an effort to boost Dino Attack Team's morale.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The Mesozoic Morphing Monsters can take the form of Ouranosaurus, Camarasaurus or Centrosaurus, and Postosuchus.
  • Self-Deprecation: According to Frozeen, he is as bad at handling romance as "a socially-inept college freshman writing a poor fan fiction full of lousy Romantic Plot Tumors". Seeing as most of Dino Attack RPG's players are currently in their early college years or late high school years, and a number of players (including PeabodySam, that guy from that show, and avmatoran) have admitted to having difficulty writing romance, this is intended as a playful Take That! to the writers of Dino Attack RPG.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Oswald Fabello upon shooting Athena.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Hertz after loosing his hearing in an explosion.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Although Semick and Swerve/Septimus slowed down Dr. Rex's charge, Pointman's sacrifice... really did not accomplish much in the grand scheme of things. Lampshaded by the comm chatter and briefly addressed by Andrewnuva199 when discussing Semick's sacrifice.
  • Sentry Gun: Engineer set up a few of these throughout Dino Attack Headquarters, only to find them disabled by XERRD's mole.
  • Separated at Birth: Rex and Chompy.
  • Sergeant Rock: Rotor, Lutsky, and Ronald E. Army.
  • Serious Business: In the Final Battle, when a large number of Dino Attack agents used the comm chatter to crack jokes or make silly references, one Dino Attack agent attempted to Shoo Out the Clowns by telling them to stop making jokes and references and start concentrating on the battle, using the comm chatter only for coordinating attacks and strategies. This example is largely Played for Laughs, since this one Dino Attack agent is apparently the only one trying to use the comm chatter for its intended purpose in the battle, yet everyone completely ignores him (or, in one agent's case, openly mocks him with a quote from Monty Python's Flying Circus) and continues using the comm chatter for less-than-serious commentary.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Naomi has a sexy soaked scrubs scene when she steps under the hole in the roof into the waterfall of rain above the teleportation pad.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Goo Caverns Story Arc was all about reinforcing the unstable caverns so that Dino Attack Team could mine Green Goo. It ended with the Goo Caverns being mostly destroyed in a volcano eruption, causing Dino Attack's income of Green Goo to be slowed to a mere trickle.
  • Shattered World: The Torn world, consisting of a deconstructed LEGO Island floating in space.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Talia Kaahs in the eyes of George Ogel and Ronald Alexander in the 1957 flashback.
  • Shed the Family Name: Blaire did this after falling out with his parents and running away from home.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran:
    • Lance Williams. Technically, he hasn't been in the team for long, but it has had a significant impact on his mind.
    • The horrors of war left Kate Bishop and Sam Race in a state where they must both seek counseling and psychiatric sessions to help cope with their PTSD.
  • Shifting Sand Land: Adventurers' Island desert.
  • Ship Tease: There's one of these to Pepper Roni/Luna Rom shippers during the LEGO Island celebration.
  • Shipper on Deck: Zachary Virchaus and Minerva Fabello both support Vinyatooth. One random unnamed agent in the final battle supports Vinyareno.
  • Shirtless Scene: The infamous image of Dust that informed all players of the RPG that Dust did not need a shirt.
  • Shock and Awe: Pterisa and Mutant Pterosaurs.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: One Dino Attack agent attempted (and failed) to stop people from using the radio to make jokes and references during the final battle's Darkest Hour.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Near the end of the Final Battle, Atton Rand introduced a cast of characters consisting of Buffy Expies and put the spotlight on them, expecting that his fellow players would enjoy these new additions to the cast. Instead, other players were tired of so many Expies characters in the RPG, and the last thing they wanted was another group of Expies based on a show they did not watch introduced at the last minute and expected to share the spotlight with the main cast. As a result, Atton Rand quickly shooed out the Buffy Expies, and they were never mentioned again.
  • Shoot the Dog: After J.D. was shot and fatally wounded, Wade first tried to help Pierce keep J.D. alive even though he knew they could not do anything for him and that he was most likely in extreme pain, and then tried to give him an overdose of morphine in order to quickly kill him.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The entire Trigger/Silencia flashback. Two rival companies are so determined to dominate each other in the market that they begin hiring mercanaries against each other. In the end, the plans for Dacta's latest products are destroyed (burned after the car crashed), the presidents of both companies are dead, several innocent bystanders have been killed (need I remind you that all this was simply to make a profit), and what ultimately happens? Both companies suffer for it while another uninvolved company exploits their losses in order to rise to the top of the market.
  • Shoot the Medic First:
    • Stromling Zachary made an explicit point of killing J.D., though it wasn't so much because he was a medic as it was because he was worried about him finding a cure to the Maelstrom.
    • Brought up by Minerva when Fuchs offered to help her find Zach, though technically he's actually a biologist, not a medic like Wade or Pierce.
    • It was mentioned in a passing line in December 21, 2010 that all of the Dino Attack Team's medics were killed. This may have been a deliberate strategy by the Maelstrom to Shoot the Medics First and eliminate all hope for medical attention.
    • Medic was the second member of Second Headquarters Squad to be killed by Ata. While he and J.D. are the only on-screen casualties, it is made clear that many of the villains have no problem shooting medics.
    • A proposed but ultimately abandoned sequence would have seen Pierce accidentally murder Crusher.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better:
    • Averted; out of all the weapons available to the team, shotguns are probably the least common weapon of choice (yes, they are less common than flintlock pistols).
    • They've become a bit more popular recently. Montoya owns a shotgun, although he never used it. Given he's a civilian, the gun is probably meant as little more than a last resort if he needs to defend himself. A shotgun is also the primary choice of weapon for one Sarah Bishop. Soldier also carried a shotgun during The Mole hunt, and Rex himself wielded a shotgun during the later stages of the Final Battle.
  • Shout-Out: So many, they have their own page.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Many of Atton Rand's characters were inspired by characters from other works. Their names are often a combination of the first name of the actor who played the character and the last name of the person. For example:
  • Shown Their Work: When writing Shiller's surgery, Atton Rand actually did some research on the proper procedures for dealing with internal bleeding and a collapsed lung. As he himself is not a doctor, there are probably still mistakes, but their actions were based on the methods he read about.
  • Shrinking Violet: Pterisa displays some of these traits when she's feeling insecure about herself.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Greybeard, and later Minerva Fabello, to the Darkitect.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": A pack of Mutant Raptors trapped in a crushing room.
  • Sidekick Ex Machina: Libo and Frozeen, who are far more experienced and capable than Rex.
  • Silence, You Fool!: The Darkitect is fond of this, especially in regards to Frank Einstein.
  • The Silent Bob: Amanda Claw.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!:
    • The viewpoint of Dino Attack Team's realist agents.
    • Rex, the extreme idealist who tamed and never wounded a Mutant Dino, is actually slowly falling victim to this trope. This was most obvious when, during the battle in the LEGO Island Laboratory, he beat a Mutant Lizard to death with a metal pipe, followed by a moment of My God, What Have I Done?
  • Sinister Subway: The LEGO City subway system.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Trigger, Rotor, and Snake.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: The alpha queen T-Rex dresses up for battle by wearing a T-Rex skull helmet and a Minifig skull necklace, which was likely adorned upon her by the TumTum Islanders.
  • Skip to the End: Greybeard sped up Amanda and Rex's Wartime Wedding due to the fact that they were in the middle of a battle.
  • Skunk Stripe: Minerva has gained a few white streaks in her normally brown hair after a Choke Hold with the Maelstrom.
  • Slashed Throat:
    • Maria killed a few hybrids this way in Fort Legoredo.
    • Also in the Trigger/Amanda flashback this was revealed to be the fate of Orange and implied to have happened to Verbal.
    • Medic, Scout, and Heavy were killed this way by XERRD's mole.
  • Slave Mooks: The Mutant Dinosaurs.
  • The Sleepless:
    • A good chunk of the cast between the the end of the first RPG and the beginning of At War's End, which began the exact same night. Pretty much everyone at Outpost 4 except Fuchs was up for a large portion of the night (out of all of them Garry probably got the most sleep), not to mention the doctors and so forth. Somewhat justified, as they had an urgent need to regroup as soon as possible, though it is somewhat odd that Crusher was the only one who really seemed tired.
    • Following the Final Battle, many of the medics were noticeably exhausted, and were only really staying awake to keep looking after the wounded. Pierce even gave Wade and Martinet direct orders to get some sleep while he kept working, though they didn't obey them. It also didn't take very long for Dr. Shaw to fall asleep after the battle ended. Justified, as stress is likely a contributing factor.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality:
    • Somewhere around level 5. Equality does exist between men and women, but The Smurfette Principle does come into play. Out of the few women in or assisting the team, at least one is an inexperienced rookie (Kate), and three are medics (Zenna, Crusher, and Carver). However, there are a small selection of action girls, such as Cabin and Amanda Claw. Also, many elite agents (particularity Rotor) explicitly refer to those under their command as their men, regardless of how many people of each gender are actually present. Most redshirts tend to be male as well.
      • Level 5 was invoked just before the final battle. When one male Dino Attack agent bemoaned the fact that he was never going to see his "wife and kids" again, a female Dino Attack agent immediately followed up by lamenting the fact that she was never going to see her "husband and kids" again.
    • El Paso seems to exist around level 2.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat:
    • Most Dino Attack RPG villains are Global Threats, but for different reasons. For example, while FUTURE planned on World Domination, XERRD is more focused on bringing about the apocalypse.
    • The Darkitect is a rare example of a Universal Threat, since he planned on using the Dino Attack to destroy the entire universe.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Antarctica and Vikings Isle.
  • The Slow Walk: Used by Trouble during the Final Battle during his Heroic Second Wind. Even as Michelle Glados shot him repeatedly, he remained on his feet and kept walking towards her until he got within attacking range.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Dr. Inferno considers Blaire Darkling to be this.
  • Smart Bomb: The Einstein Device during its Doctor Device stage of development.
  • Smoking Is Cool:
    • Surprisingly used quite a lot for an RPG based on a LEGO line, even though there is a strict "no smoking" policy in Dino Attack Headquarters. Many of Atton Rand's characters, especially his tougher ones are seen to smoke frequently, among them Snake, Trigger, Clint, and Angel Eyes.
    • Averted by Amanda, who considered it insulting when Montoya offered her a cigarette. When one remembers that Bricassius was a smoker who burned her home down with a single cigarette, it becomes painfully obvious why Smoking is not Cool in her eyes.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Grease is very snobby and rude, acting like he's better than "outdated losers" like Alpha Team or Rock Raiders. However, he doesn't actually do anything to back up his smug attitude, and is seen running away from the Brickspider Bot or getting his butt handed to him by Mutant Raptors (resulting in him being rescued by some of the "outdated losers" that he previously insulted). Additionally, in Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand, he got the snot beaten out of him by Frozeen, who was so irritated by the former's smug attitude that he was even willing to throw inter-agency relations out the window just to shut him up.
    • Walter Breen is confident that his high-ranking status in XERRD gives him the authority to boss everyone around and act like he's the one in charge, and remains smug and arrogant through it all. In return, his fellow XERRD scientists despise him and, at one point, even shoot missiles at him just to get him to shut up.
    • French Fries is sure that he is well-deserving of his elite agent ranking and believes that his supposed "friends in high places" will protect him from anyone who raises a finger against him. As such, he comes across as incredibly smug, even boasting to Rex's face that he supposedly ran over Trouble with a vehicle. The result is that he gets utterly humiliated: he is arrested, violently assaulted twice, stripped of his ranking, and discharged from the team, all the while unable to even put up a good fight.
  • The Smurfette Principle:
    • Out of 90 primary characters, only Dromus and Zenna are female.
    • There is currently a total of 277 named Dino Attack agents recorded on the official wiki. Out of those, there are only 31 female agentsnote . Of those 31, only five are elite agentsnote , in comparison to 30 male elite agents; prior to the Adventurers' Island Story Arc, there were no named female elite agents.
    • Out of 29 named members, XERRD only has four female membersnote .
  • Smurfing: MegaBloks is a noun, but also used in Dino Attack RPG as an adjective and a verb.
  • Snipe Hunt: In order to get rid of Enter and Return by giving them some money and a fishing pole to catch a shark. Played for Laughs as they came back 30 seconds later with a shark.
  • Sniper Duel: A brief duel between Barry Jackson and an unidentified sniper working for XERRD.
  • Sniper Rifle: Barry Jackson's weapon of choice. Of course this does make his codename a bit of a misnomer.
  • SNK Boss: Dr. Rex is wearing invincible armor and cannot be killed thanks to Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention. Dude, is this even fair?
  • So Proud of You:
    • Frank Einstein to Kate Bishop, to motivate her and give her confidence to stop the Darkitect. Not that it did any good once the deed was done...
    • Also done with Athena Fabello to her daughter Minerva.
    • General to Frozeen. Notice how all these examples happen when the speaker is dying?
  • Sociopathic Hero: Rotor has massacred his enemies while playing classical music, had an entire T-1 Typhoon crew put on trial because the pilot disobeyed orders (not to mention trying to have them all shot), ordered an inexperienced teenager into an enemy fortress filled with toxins, bombed said fortress while his own men might have still been inside, tortured children for fun... and did I mention that he's a good guy who nearly earned his happy ending?
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Where to begin. Rotor massacres his enemies by the dozens, puts his own men on trial and tries to kill them, tortures children (which may or may not be just for fun)...
  • Sole Survivor:
    • Carl Lutsky is the only survivor of at attack on his office building during the Dino Attack, a fact he takes vary hard.
    • With the sudden deaths of Amanda and Trigger, Montoya is now the last surviving participant of the failed heist on Mindstorms Inc.
  • Someone Has to Die: Rex realized this when he overheard the other elite agents trying to figure out how to power the Einstein Device, since they had no store of Imagination in Dino Attack Headquarters.
  • Space Police: Commando Holly Vinyaya and Officer Julius Kelp were sent to the LEGO Planet after hearing rumors of the Blacktron allying with a rogue Dino Attack Agent. They both ended up serving as Dino Attack Agents in other parts of the world.
  • Spaceship Girl: Kat, when she was in control of the Talon.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal:
    • Rex, Keys, Frozeen, and PBB.
    • Dromus speaks animal, but not very fluently; she only knows simple phrases like "yes", "no", and "back away now, or I'll Kill You!".
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: The comm chatter.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Brickster, The Frickster, The Phantom, and The Darkitect.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Paulie's surname swings back-and-forth between Gonapus and Gonepus.
  • Spider Limbs: Libo, Brickspider Bot v1.0, and Paulie Gonepus.
  • Spider People: The Brickspider Bot v1.0 is a robotic version of this trope.
  • Spider Tank: The Silver Scorpion.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Dr. Rex's silge armor is covered with these.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG.
  • Split Personality:
    • Invoked but not confirmed. Amanda Claw does not personally believe that she has split personality, simply considering her darker side the result of giving in to negative feelings, but to anyone else it would seem that she has two very separate personalities.
    • Lance Williams is known to go from being calm and relatively quiet but good-natured to overly aggressive and trigger happy at the slightest sign of trouble.
    • Oswald Fabello showed signs of this, alternating between being a caring older brother who wanted to keep his sister safe to a cold and easily angered psychopath.
  • Spot the Imposter: Once word got out about at least two Stromlings in Outpost 4, the agents stationed there started to go somewhat crazy with paranoia. It also didn't help that they were never able to find any real way to determine who was infected and who wasn't apart from the ultraviolet light method, which depended on Dr. Cyborg to succeed; and Copper's theoretical blood test, which was already problematic as he only had blood samples from the people actually stationed at Outpost 31 before they were sabotaged by Palmer.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • For Atton Rand during the Adventurers' Island Story Arc, his NPC characters, especially Pierce, Kate, and Rotor, stole the spotlight from his primary character Zenna, to the point where she was eventually Demoted to Extra.
    • The squad of Buffy Expies, who were introduced late in the Final Battle and were expected to take the spotlight from Atton Rand's more important characters like Rotor and Cabin. When other players didn't like that they stole the spotlight, they were promptly shoved out of the spotlight.
  • The Squad: There are tons of these. This more or less sums up everyone working on Adventurers' Island, but we also have the Headquarters Squad, Second Headquarters Squad, Mecha Squad, GAIA Squad, and Third Headquarters Squad.
  • The Squadette: Cabin and Teri.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The Ice Snake King.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Only moments before her Heroic B.S.O.D., Pterisa was confident and brave enough to actually stare down the Darkitect himself.
  • The Starscream: Zed Provhezor.
  • Start of Darkness: The separation of Ronald and Catherine Alexander in their early childhoods can be pinpointed as the exact moment of Dr. Rex's Start of Darkness.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Ben Gunn seems to be a master of this trope, especially the Stealth Bye.
  • Stealth Pun: When Engineer attacked Ata, he hit Ata over the head with a wrench. The action of hitting one over the head can be described as "whacking". Ata is XERRD's mole planted in Dino Attack Team. So what did Engineer do? He whacked a mole.
  • Stealth Sequel: To Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand, LEGO Pirates RPG, LEGO Island RPG, and LEGO Island 3.
  • Steel Ear Drums: Played straight for the most part, though one notable aversion was when Hertz was deafened by a missile explosion during the Final Battle.
  • Stepford Smiler: If Silencia Venomosa is smiling and it is not a Psychotic Smirk, then it is a Type C example.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero:
    • With a name like Grisbarba L. Pirata, who would have guessed that he one day would have become a pirate with a gray beard?
    • Although it was not his real name, Ronald Alexander loved going by his nickname Dr. Rex. Who would have ever guessed that he would not only be a scientist, but also a T-Rex one day?
  • Stock Costume Traits: Unsurprisingly.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Primarily due to the source material (Adventurers, Dinosaurs, and Dino Attack).
    • Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor are two breeds of Mutant Dinosaurs.
    • Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus inhabit Adventurers' Island.
    • The Mesozoic Morphing Monsters take on the forms of Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, or Parasaurolophus; Triceratops or Styracosaurus; Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus, or Plateosaurus; and Iguanadon.
    • Stock Dinosaurs (Non-Dinosaurs):
      • Pterosaurs are frequently seen as misnomer Mutant Dinosaurs and on Adventurers' Island.
      • Two of the Mesozoic Morphing Monsters can assume the forms of Plesiosaurus and Mosasaurus or Dimetrodon, respectively.
  • Stock Foreign Name:
    • German: Dietrich Luzwheit.
    • Russian: Ivan Tzenovich.
  • The Stoic:
    • Michelle Glados is reputed as the "master stoic", and anyone who can get under her skin to cause her to show real emotion takes great pride in the ability.
    • As the anonymous mysterious samurai, Pterisa was also a Stoic.
    • According to Bartholomew Enderson, Silencia Venomosa was usually the Stoic.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Used to foreshadow the Final Battle.
  • Storming the Castle: The various attacks against the XERRD Fortress.
  • Story Arc: Goo Caverns, LEGO Island/Antarctica, and Adventurers' Island.
  • Straw Character:
    • Soldier appears to be racist and sexist, occasionally aiming insults at foreigners and women. Given that he is depicted as comically inept, his moments of racism and sexism are not intended to be taken seriously, especially since they result in Soldier getting hurt by whomever he happens to be insulting.
    • Many realists, especially by Atton Rand during the idealist/realist conflict, were depicted as Straw Characters to show how "wrong" and "evil" the realist views were.
    • Hoo boy. French Fries was such a Straw Character that it would be insulting to Straw Characters if we called him one.
  • Straw Loser: The "Solid Snake" Snake, who was introduced for no purpose other than to be beaten up to make the "Snake Plissken" Snake look better in comparison.
  • Straw Misogynist:
    • Again, Soldier is sexist, and seeing that his sexist remarks usually get him beaten up by Maria, it's Played for Laughs.
    • Pretty much every Western character that wasn't part of the team would also qualify, although this was mainly in keeping with their less high-end lifestyle as well as drawing inspiration from actual views of the Western era.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Minerva is described as looking extremely similar to her mother, Athena Fabello.
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • Demoman in a nutshell.
    • Pretty much the whole function of Reliable Excavation Deconstruction, which has had at least two employees who are willing to blow up anything they come across.
    • The Dino Island Laboratory during the finale of the Brickster's attack.
    • This was the note that B and his friends went out on.
  • Stun Guns: Most Dino Attack weapons are non-lethal and are designed to incapacitate, not kill.
  • Sudden Name Change:
    • The FMB-Bots were consistently referred to as simply "Frozeen's Brickster-Bots" before their name was revealed on the wiki.
    • Before the attack on the XERRD Fortress, XERRD was always referred to as "Dr. Rex's scientists". Once XERRD's name was revealed, everyone in-universe suddenly started referring to the organization by name. There was a flimsy in-universe explanation for this where Dino Attack Team only just found out the organization's name, and the information was quickly shared with the rest of the team.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome:
    • PBB and Goldbeard.
    • If At War's End is considered a sequel to Dino Attack RPG, then the deaths of Tracer, Aravis, Spino, and Raider count.
    • After having such an important role in the Dino Attack RPG, Naomi Carver didn't even get through the teaser for Dino 2012.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: As part of the gradual revelation of her backstory, Amanda Suddenly Always Knew how to be a deadly-efficient sniper during the attack on the XERRD Fortress.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Amanda Claw forsakes her vow of silence during the LEGO Island mission upon learning about Roger's death.
  • The Summation: The scene where Ata is caught and revealed as The Mole. Rather weirdly, it was Ata himself who revealed everything and Bogart, the detective specifically brought in to solve the case, was completely absent.
  • Super Speed: Due to some genetic experiments, Alpha was granted this ability. So he used it. Again. And again. And again. God-modding, much?
  • Super Wheelchair: Shannon Grimton's wheelchair has a minigun, a laser device, and a rocket launcher.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Mary Rose and Kate Bishop. As children, they can barely do anything on their own and always require a Mama Bear or Papa Wolf to protect them.
    • Type 0: Non-combat members of Dino Attack Team, such as Noomi Shaw, who stay out of the action and find more mundane (yet necessary) ways of contributing to the cause.
    • Type 1: The majority of Dino Attack Team, comprised largely of Badass Normal people who are expected to have it in them to pick up a gun and fight mutant dinosaurs.
    • Type 2: Zachary Virchaus, Dr. Cyborg, and Pterisa. Zachary and Pterisa each have a single Maelstrom-derived power (Casting a Shadow and Shock and Awe, respectively), while Dr. Cyborg's cybernetic enhancements give him additional abilities.
    • Type 3: General and Fogel. They are both cyborgs with greatly enhanced physical prowess (speed, strength, endurance, etc.), wings, and Nigh-Invulnerability.
    • Type 4: Dr. Rex during the final battle, after being possessed by the Maelstrom and turned into an unstoppable monster that, in the end, could only be defeated by Imagination.
    • Type 6: Imagination and the Maelstrom (and therefore, the Darkitect), two fundamental forces of the universe with the power to create or destroy entire worlds.
    • Type 7: The authors, if Zero's vision is to be believed.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: The Maelstrom.
  • Surfer Dude: Lance Williams, although he isn't really known to talk like one.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Palmer was supposed to be one for Zachary. It didn't quite work out.
  • The Swarm:
    • Mutant Dinos, especially Mutant Lizards, find their strength in numbers.
    • In Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, a Vinscale Octomus was a rare sight. In Dino Attack RPG, there was an entire swarm of Mutant Vinscale Octomus off the coast of LEGO City, which has thankfully been exterminated.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: A.J. Orange, who dressed up as her father to protect him from Ata.
  • Sword and Gun: Greybeard's weapons of choice are a cutlass and a flintlock pistol.
  • Sword Fight: Blaire Darkling and Kareem Nazareno's duel near the end of the Final Battle.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Michelle Glados and Carolyne Provencal. Walter Breen mistakenly believed Wallace Bishop to be a Sycophantic Servant.
  • Symbol Swearing: Rare, but occasionally used by characters such as Commander Lutsky.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Amanda Claw.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After the Darkitect's Divine Intervention granted Dr. Rex a Fate Worse Than Death, many Dino Attack agents felt pity towards Dr. Rex. Even Rex, who moments prior proclaimed that Dr. Rex deserved to die a slow and painful death, realized that no one, not even Dr. Rex, deserved the terrible fate he met.
    Brikman McStudz: "As I was reading that post, I felt just a very small shred of sympathy for Dr. Rex. Sympathy best described using a quote from a review by Roger Ebert for the movie Der Untergang (Downfall) to describe sympathy toward Hitler in the film: "Sympathy I felt in the sense that I would feel it for a rabid dog, while accepting that it must be destroyed."

    T 
  • Tagalong Reporter:
    • Just like in the original line, J. Theano for WDNO - Dino Radio.
    • Scott is implied to have joined the team specifically to report on the Final Battle. He even brought a camera and radio equipment so he could conduct interviews and report live to Antarctica.
  • Tail Slap: Dinosaurs, including non-mutants such as Razor and Chompy, often use this as an attack.
  • Take Care of the Kids: While he did not die, Wallace Bishop knew that his self-induced lobotomy would leave him only a shadow of the man he once was, so in his Video Will addressed to Frank Einstein, he made it his Last Request for Einstein to take care of the Bishop family, including his young niece Kate.
  • Take My Hand: Rex and Amanda during the battle against the Brickspider Bot in the Torn World.
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • Atton Rand is intentionally vague on the exact nature of some of Trigger's previous jobs, only making it clear that some of them were pretty brutal.
    • Similarly, PeabodySam is not going into detail on what exactly happened with the assassination of Edward Korrupte. Based upon what little we know about it, it was not pretty.
  • Take That!:
    • Every cussword in Dino Attack RPG is an example of this.
    • While not neccessarily meant to be totally insulting, Atton Rand was very surprised when Tesh Carrey called for the American Air Force to apprehend Rotor (even though he was the only known American in the team and since Rotor was not American, their air force wouldn't have the authority to arrest him). His response? Introducing a Canadian sent to perform that task.
    • There were many Take That! jabs made towards Power Miners at the beginning of the Goo Caverns story arc, especially since numerous Dino Attack RPG players were Rock Raiders fans who were discontent with the new Power Miners line.
    • Elizabeth Winsor's "Mutant Dino repellant" consisted of Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, and rap all being played at the same time, a Take That! reflecting the musical tastes of Dino Attack RPG players, such as Atton Rand and PeabodySam, who hated these forms of music.
    • Atton Rand created an expy of Solid Snake solely so he could write an indepth description of Snake's beating him up out of vengeance for trying steal credit from him. This was a Take That! on two fronts, first towards the many players who mistook Snake for an expy of Solid Snake, and second toward Solid Snake himself for being what Atton Rand mistakenly believed to be "shameless knock-off" of Snake Plissken (who inspired Snake).note 
    • Andrew Jackson's rant on the comm was a playful Take That! to Pyro's dramatic change in character after being revealed as a woman. Andrew Jackson turned out to be popular enough to take back the role of Pyro.
    • The Big Lipped Minifigure Moment that was the Pepper fangirl at the end of LEGO Island 2 is apparently the only thing that Pepper Roni is genuinely afraid of.
    • Joe Harry, being The Generic Ideal Hero in comparison to Duke, was intended as a Take That! to the idealist-dominated mentality of Dino Attack RPG at the time.
  • Taking You with Me:
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Greybeard.
  • Talking Animal:
    • Tex and Shade.
    • Formerly Rex.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Heavy apparently had a weird dream about marrying a sandwich.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: There are plenty of examples throughout the RPG, but these two instances draw attention to it.
    • Michelle Glados gave Rex and Amanda plenty of time to have one last conversation. Apparently, she found sadistic pleasure in watching them.
    • Finister was noted to be very patient while waiting for Rex, Remous, Zero, and Phantom to argue over his identity.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Attempted by Katerina Schattenberg on Dr. Rex. It... didn't work.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Rex's big screwed-up family tree, largely caused by several adoptions and one "Freaky Friday" Flip. This family tree includes the Infomaniac (yes, that Infomaniac), PBB (a robot), Chompy (a T-Rex), Cane (the leader of ShadowTech), and Kat (a synthfig who temporarily downloaded her consciousness into a helicopter).
  • Tap on the Head: Used often.
  • Team Title: Dino Attack is named after the D.I.N.O. Attack team.
  • Teen Genius:
    • Jenny. Justified in that she was raised by a XERRD scientist and spent her childhood working as an assistant.
    • Kat would have initially been an example of this, until her age was retconned to late twenties.
  • Telepathy:
    • The ability of Aravis.
    • Amanda Claw was also revealed to be Telepathic at one point, although it was quickly retconned into Canon Discontinuity due to a number of factors (including the lack of an expected shock factor).
  • Teleport Spam: Michelle Glados uses this with Carolyne Provencal against Zachary, Minerva, and Dr. Cyborg.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Rex suffered from this after using the portal to travel from the Ogel Control Center to Dino Attack Headquarters.
  • Teleporter Accident: Mentioned by General as a Shout-Out to Half-Life 2.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Thanks to Michelle Glados, XERRD uses teleporters to send Mutant Dinos anywhere on the LEGO Planet. This was also formerly overseen by the Dino Attack Team's Portal Operations Team.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Frozeen asks both Evil Ogel and General about the fate of Zachary Abody.
  • Temple of Doom: The Maelstrom Temple.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: First the Stromling presence at Outpost 4 and later the hunt for the mole in Dino Attack Headquarters.
  • Tender Tears:
    • Kate shed a few after being locked in an office by Dr. Bishop and later after witnessing the accidental murder of a group of Dino Attack Agents disguised as XERRD personell.
    • Let's not forget poor Jenny who was too scared to talk when being "interrogated" by Rotor, and couldn't do much else besides cry. The only thing that made it worse was that her crying only gave Rotor something else to laugh at and may have prompted him to make the beatings even worse.
  • Tentacle Rope: Tendrils of Maelstrom often act this way, wrapping around and forcibly constricting their victims.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Likely to mark her female gender, Pterisa has Non-Mammalian Hair.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Rex was already Secretly Dying, and his life was miserable thanks to being a Doom Magnet. What better way to end it all than to Take Dr. Rex with Him?
  • Thank the Maker: Thank Builder, Thank Creator, Thank the First Builders, and Thank Ole are some of the common variants.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: In one of his journal entries, Spy included a tacked-on note saying that he was "most displeased" that his favorite blazer had blood on it.
  • That's No Moon!: That's no jungle temple... That's a XERRD Fortress.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Dust gave one to Lutsky while he was being interrogated in true Hannibal Lecture style, and later to the agents at the temple of Hotep III.
    • Most of the Darkitect's illusions delivered these speeches.
    • Rex delivered one to Michelle Glados during the Final Battle.
    • Later in the Final Battle, Katerina Schattenberg delivered one to Dr. Rex himself.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Most Dino Attack agents' codenames are based upon dinosaurs, including Reptile, Tail, and Rev Raptor.
    • Rotor and Cabin are both helicopter pilots whose names refer to parts of a helicopter.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Maria's rather brutal murder of an unidentified hybrid officer. She smothered him, shot him through the head twice, and then cut his throat open just to be sure.
    • Called out by Zach when he commanded both Raine Dashworthy and the Brickster (who's armed to the teeth and firing at everything in sight) to destroy Blaire Darkling's outpost. However, Blaire still survived.
  • They Called Me Mad!: A rare non-Mad Scientist variation, spoken by Andrew Jackson during his rambling.
  • They Do:
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: There was much tension between Rex and Amanda at the end of the LEGO Island Story Arc, when the Brickspider Bot revealed the truth about Roger's fate, which Rex kept secret from Amanda because he wanted her to be happy. Needless to say, this blew up in Rex's face, and for most of the remainder of the mission, Amanda wouldn't even look at him. Luckily, they got over it by the end of the mission.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Witch!: Parodied in the comm chatter by Johnny "bricking" Gat while presumably fighting the Fright Knights.
  • This Is the Final Battle: Take a wild guess when characters said this.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Michelle Glados kills you.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Rex during his Angst Coma, after the deaths of Amanda and Trouble.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After constantly getting interrupted every time he tried before, Rex finally manages to propose to Amanda during the Final Battle. Unfortunately, this quickly turned into a case of Yank the Dog's Chain when Amanda was suddenly killed off a few posts later.
  • Throwing Off the Disability:
    • Subverted. Baron Typhonus used the Maelstrom to cure Rex's paralysis. Then, the Maelstrom turned on Rex, constricting him and leaving him unable to even move. When the Maelstrom finally let go, Rex was once again paralyzed.
    • Played straight with Hertz, who went deaf during the final battle of the Dino Attack but, by the time of the Alien Conquest, was fitted with hearing aids so effective that they improved his hearing beyond that of a normal Minifig.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Captain Click threw his cutlass to disable the XERRD teleporters and cut off the Brickspider Bot's escape. Somehow, it worked.
  • Thwarted Coup de Gr‚ce: Disarmed, both weapon-wise and literally, it seems Zach will meet his end by Scratch's pistol. However, Zach suddenly rises and fights Scratch for the pistol, cause the weapon to fire into the latter's chest, killing him.
  • Time Bomb: PBB's cause of death.
  • Time Travel:
    • Used by the Future Villains to travel from 2035 to 2010.
    • In the most recent revision of Vladek's biography, he traveled to the present day with the help of the Time Twisters.
    • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: The goal of the Future Villains.
  • Tin Tyrant: How about Tin Tyrant Lizard King? Dr. Rex goes into battle in full armor, complete with Spikes of Villainy.
  • Title Drop: One comment on the comm chatter during the Final Battle uses the phrase "at war's end".
  • To Be Lawful or Good:
    • Wade during the aftermath of J.D.'s assassination. One the one hand, he could try to stabilize him, possibly getting some useful information but only delaying his inevitable death and most likely causing him a lot pain. On the other, he could let him die quickly and with a minimum of pain, but realizes that killing him also goes against his own personal morals as well as being the opposite of what he as a medic is responsible for doing.
    • You've got a broken down base and a bunch of wounded agents stuck in the basement with the only chance of escape being an unfinished portal on the top floor. Do you attempt to move the patients through the unstable building and risk the possibility of the structure collapsing in the hopes of getting them to a safe location, or do you leave them down there and seal off the basement, keeping the mutant dinos out but trapping the occupants inside and leaving them behind to (eventually) take their chances in a world overrun by mutant dinos (although the patients that recovered in that time could be organized into a potential fighting force and become the basis for a new Dino Attack Team)?
  • Token Evil Teammate:
  • Token Religious Teammate: Shaw and Pharisee, though the extent at which they can be called "religious" is debatable.
  • Together in Death: Rex and Amanda.
  • Tomboy: With the excaption of Naomi, there are not many girly girls in the Dino Attack Team, which is somewhat understandable, given that D.A.'s primary function is waging apocalyptic war against giant horrific superpowered reptiles.
  • Tomboy Ponytail: Holly Vinyaya and Zelda Frodongan.
  • Tomato in the Mirror:
    • When Rex was approached by The Phantom, he learned of XERRD's plot to destroy Dino Attack Team from the inside by disguising a Mutant Dino as a Dino Attack agent. Then The Phantom reveals that this Mutant Dino is none other than Rex himself. Both Downplayed, since Rex does not let this knowledge stop him from continuing to fight alongside Dino Attack Team, and Justified, since Rex's role as an infiltrator required for him to under go brainwashing to make his cover as realistic as possible (which, of course, Went Horribly Right).
    • Kat had a mysterious background, not even knowing her own name. Then, she learned the shocking truth. She is in fact a synthetically-engineered clone of Katerina Schattenberg, both one of ShadowTech's foundupers and the long-lost sister of Dr. Rex.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Apparently Tom thought it would be a good idea to attack an experienced ex-military agent of the Dino Attack team who had only earlier the same day beaten a child (and him, for that matter) senseless.
    • Really, Dr. Rex? You were a Space Marauder, you should know more about the Maelstrom than most people. What do you do? Inject yourself with traces of Maelstrom. Seriously?
    • Trigger thinks that he can just walk away from a battle that will determine the fate of a post-apocalyptic planet that has been placed under quarantine by the rest of the universe. Even worse, after Amanda pointed this out to him and then proceeded to threaten him to make sure that he stayed, Trigger continued going about his plan to desert the Dino Attack Team as though he did not hear a word she said.
    • There's a mass invasion of LEGO City by mutant dinosaurs and what does Walter decide to do? Stay in the safety of HQ? Leave and participate in the fight? No, he just decided to take advantage of the fact that there wasn't anyone running the local bowling alleys and went bowling with Dude and Donnie. This seems like a reasonable decision that probably won't have any unpleasant consequences.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Blaire Darkling.
  • invokedToo Soon:
    • After poking humor at Engineer's (very recent) death, Zach immediately backpedaled a little and noted that his joke might have been distasteful.
    • Discussed by Rex when he told Dr. Cyborg why it was probably not a good idea to thank Silencia Venomosa for "doing a good job" when her exploits are still recent in people's memories.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Nerdy Hertz killed a T-rex with an oxygen can and by firing a gun for the first time in his life. In addition, he had a broken arm, could not see out of one eye, had burns across his hands and legs, and had just survived a helicopter crash and blazing inferno.
    • This was inverted with Dust in the flashback. In the present, he was shown to be really tough, but around 2002 we see him becomming an Innocent Bystander when his car gets hijacked. In a Steam chat, Atton Rand and PeabodySam joked about turning Dust into a Butt-Monkey.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Zach started to fall toward this path after his first encounter with the Maelstrom.
  • Torso with a View: Aster Oid when he died.
  • Torture Always Works: Subverted. If anything for Jenny it only left her even more frightened and confused than she already was.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Zach's interaction with the Darkitect and the Maelstrom ultimately lead his to aquire his ability to manipulate the Maelstrom.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Aside from his love for large weapons, Heavy loves Satiating Sandwiches.
    • Most of the pirates on the team enjoy rum, and Clint Wayne is occasionally seen drinking whiskey in his spare time.
    • The Brickster always had a strong love for pizza, even if he often used it as part of an elaborate scheme to escape from prison.
  • Tragic Villain:
    • General Evil, at least in his early days. He joined his brother's side because he literally felt like his life had no purpose.
    • Dr. Rex, especially after the revelations of his Maelstrom experiment and his recent realization that he is merely the Darkitect's plaything. He knew that he was plunging into madness, but he was too late to stop it.
  • Traitor Shot: Alone in a dark alley in Gold City, Scout made a suspicious phone call. Ultimately subverted, however, as the phone call was later revealed to be a completely-innocent check-in with his mother.
  • Tranquil Fury: Keeping perfectly in character for her, Amanda Claw does not explode when she is angry, but remains tranquil and collected... which arguably makes her fury even more terrifying.
  • Translation Convention: Everyone on the LEGO Planet speaks plain English. This includes Medieval Knights (Lampshaded by Vladek's attempts to speak Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe), the Islanders on Adventurers' Island (although the first Islander to appear only spoke broken English, this was dropped in later posts by other members), and dinosaurs (although this case mainly occurs in PeabodySam's posts, and even then he usually makes it clear that it's a seperate language, making it an example of Bilingual Dialogue for the reader's convenience).
  • Transplant: Greybeard, Coral, and Elizabeth Winsor from Pirates RPG; Samuel "Lay" Go and Ben Baseplate from LEGO Island RPG; and many NPCs originating from Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: Databoard, PBB, and Turahk-Kal were all very well-aware that Rex's distress signal from the Voltage was a trap by Kotua. In Databoard's words, "We spring the trap."
  • Trash the Set: So, after seven and a half years, we're finally at the Final Battle? Let's trash Dino Attack Headquarters!
  • Trauma Conga Line: This has happened to most of the main cast at some point or another.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Trying to erase the memory of her husband's death helped Athena complete her Sanity Slippage.
  • Treacherous Spirit Chase: Carl Lutsky is confronted by an imaginary Dust; although not a spirit, the situation and following threat is strikingly similar.
  • Trick-and-Follow Ploy: Dino Attack Team "accidentally" let Dr. Paulie Gonepus escape so that he may unwittingly lead them to the true Maelstrom Temple. Ultimately subverted because Dr. Gonepus was being cunning at the moment and intentionally led them to the wrong temple.
  • Trigger Happy:
    • Heavy, Gunner, Rotor, Clint Wayne, Carl Lutsky, Tracer, and Lance Williams.
    • According to Sarah Bishop, Walter on at least one occasion pulled a gun out in the middle of a bowling match because some guy put his toe over the line.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Lord Sam Sinister during The Infiltration of the XERRD Fortress. Ironically, he ended up becoming a Living MacGuffin when he was recognized by Dr. Breen and Dr. Provhezor.
  • Troll: No other word so effectively describes Grease, who goes out of his way to piss off everyone he talks to.
  • Trope Overdosed: Seriously, this thing has just too many tropes.
  • Troperiffic: Especially in Dino Attack: At War's End, in which tropes such as Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe and Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking are actually called out by name.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback:
  • Truth Serums: XERRD's Veritaserum, named after the potion from Harry Potter, shuts down the neurological pathways necessary for lying.
  • Tsundere: Minerva Fabello showed traces of Type A in her first appearances before becoming more Type B. Her mother Athena appears to have been a Type A as a young adult.
  • Tuckerization:
    • Kara Wise seems to be based on and named after a friend of avmatoran.
    • While his name was created in a name generator, Kareem Nazareno's initials were intended to reference KillerNinja7, the former username of a friend of Brikman McStudz's who created Nazareno's minifig. Desiree and Kayla Virchaus are named after two of Brikman McStudz's friends and James Virchaus is named after Brikman's father.
    • Amanda Claw and Shannon Grimton are named after two of PeabodySam's friends. Zachary Abody is named after PeabodySam's friend Stormcrow926, while Faith Abody is named after PeabodySam's cousin flamingchibi.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Grease has been a Jerkass, bully, and Troll to everyone he meets, and in Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand, he insulted Frozeen's father and got away with it while Frozeen got punished. But when Grease was in a near-death situation in the Final Battle, Frozeen did not hesitate to rescue him. Grease's reaction was... ungrateful.
  • Turned Against Their Masters:
    • Pterisa, Velosis, and Tyrannus. Of course, in the ensuing rebellion, only Pterisa survived.
    • Dr. Strangebrick officially defected from XERRD after realizing that his superiors had intentionally abandoned him and most of the other personnel in the fortress to die in the bombing or to be killed by skeleton mummies.
  • Turns Red: Turns Purple, actually; Dr. Rex when his body became possessed by the Maelstrom after being seemingly defeated by Adventure.
  • Two-Faced: Holly Vinyaya has two acidic scars on the right side of her face and is missing her right eye.
  • Two First Names: The Alexanders (Ronald, Catherine, Rex, and Amanda), Joe Harry, and Athena Chase.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Mutant T-Rex, the Adventurers' Island breed, and one of the Mesozoic Morphing Monsters of Dinosaur Island. Keeping with its source material, Dino Attack RPG intentionally misspells T. rex as T-Rex.

    U 
  • ‹berwald: Granted, there are no vampires, werewolves, or other horrors of the night, but being a rather sinister East European nation that is apparently home to Mad Scientists, Barron could be arguably considered an Überwald.
  • Un-person: Before beginning his take-over-the-world scheme, Evil Ogel did this to himself to ensure that no one could use his past against him.
  • Uncertain Doom: A number of Dino Attack agents whose players dropped out, such as GoldEagle, Jordan, Spark, and Zap, were last seen in a perilous situation, with no confirmation whether or not they survived.
  • Underground Level: The Goo Caverns.
  • Understatement: The roof of Dino Attack Headquarters collapsed after Firecracker's foolish stunt. Greybeard later mentioned that he had rain on his face because there was "a leak" in the roof.
  • Undying Loyalty: Amanda Claw and Trouble to Rex.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The last time we saw Zenna during the Adventurers' Island mission, she nearly died from blood loss and was in a coma. Only a few days later, she's almost back to full health and flying the Amanda during the final battle.
  • The Unfettered: Silencia Venomosa. Commander Pharisee also seems to have some traits of The Unfettered.
  • Unfinished Business: When Frozeen died, he tried this tactic on the mysterious voice, since it worked for Kotua and Databoard. Too bad that the mysterious voice was sick and tired of the whole "But My Friends Need Me!" and "But I've Got Unfinished Business!" schtick...
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Grease to Frozeen after being rescued by Mutant Raptors.
  • The Unintelligible: Pyro and A.J. Orange when they are wearing balaclavas.
  • Unnecessarily Large Interior: Supposedly, the main chamber alone of the Maelstrom Temple was wider than the Aztec Village and taller than Dino Attack Headquarters.
  • The Unreveal:
    • This somehow kept happening with The Mole. First Clint, Angel Eyes, and Maria find the name but refuse to divulge it, then multiple people are killed without any description of the attacker. Now Crusher found a tape that recorded Medic's last moments, except it's an audio recording, and since the mole never spoke we still don't know who it is. If only Medic had instead set up a video camera to record his autopsy...
    • After wearing a balaclava for the entire Dino Attack, Specs finally took it off when he made a public appearance after the war's end. However, no specific details about Specs's face are actually revealed to readers, leaving his true appearance just as mysterious as it always was.
  • Unsafe Haven:
    • Antarctica, the one place on the planet where no Mutant Dino can go... that is, until the Mutant Dinos started adapting to arctic climates. Don't get me started on the riots, either.
    • Dino Attack Headquarters is meant to be Dino Attack Team's one safe haven in LEGO City. It's been leveled by Kotua, bombed by Cam O'Cozy, and nearly destroyed from the inside by Firecracker. And then there's Mutant Dinos infiltrating the building. Wonderful.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Needless to say, after Rex announced his plans to defy Deus ex Machina and arrive in a Big Damn Heroes moment at the Forbidden Ruins, the plan... didn't exactly work out as planned.
    • Invoked with a direct trope callout by Andrew when improvising to fight against Ghost the Stromling.
  • Unstoppable Mailman: Not even the apocalypse itself could stop Ed Mail.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
  • Unusual Animal Alliance: On Dinosaur Island and Adventurers' Island, species of both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs will put aside their differences to defend their homes from Mutant Dinos.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Tragically, Amanda Remous in her youth. She cried out to her parents, distracting them just long enough for Bricassius to kill them both.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Dust used the Dino Attack Team's manpower and resources to get him to the temple of Hotep III. He they planed to throw them away like the "broken toys that they are".
    • XERRD was this to the Maelstrom.
  • Urgent Medical Alert: The deaths of Engineer quickly led to Pierce and Medic rushing to the scene of the crime. Pierce more or less did the same again when Medic was killed (though he was implied to be in a different part of the same room).
  • Uriah Gambit: Ahua sent Zach out to kill the XERRD scientists heading toward the Maelstrom Temple, hoping he would be killed by the scientists garbed in Space Marauder and Sorcerer gear. However, Zach was very much aware of the danger of Stromlings facing against former Paradox operatives, so he sent Mooks to die instead.
  • Urban Warfare: LEGO City in the early days of the Dino Attack, although it seems to be somewhat under control as a small portion of the town's population has returned, some of the damage has been repaired, and mutant dinos are scarce aside from a few scattered groups of mutant lizards. However, the Final Battle takes place in LEGO City.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means:
    • Justification of some of the more extreme realists of the team such as Shadow, who are willing to do anything to end the Dino Attack.
    • Pharisee believes this.
    • In a way, ShadowTech followed this principle under Cane's leadership, in a rather terrifyingly Third Reich-esque fashion.

    V 
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: How some idealists view the realists' actions.
  • Van in Black: ShadowTech's land vehicles, including black Fire Hammers. Their black Steel Sprinters and Urban Avengers probably do not count as Vans In Black, though.
  • Video Wills:
    • Frank Einstein delivered his last message to Rex in the form of a hologram. The message began with the hologram addressing the fact that, if this hologram is seen, then Dr. Einstein must be dead.
    • While Wallace Bishop did not die, his self-induced lobotomy left him a mere shadow of the man he once was. As such, before beginning the procedure, he recorded a Video Will addressed to Frank Einstein, explaining what he was about to do and his wishes for Einstein to protect the Bishop family.
  • Viking Funeral: Winston and Mathias Grendelwulf were the subject of one.
  • Villain Ball: Michelle Glados could have easily killed Rex if she just stopped talking and just shot him already. And when Trouble got back up, rather than shooting Rex first and then paying attention to Trouble, Glados forgot about Rex and tried to shoot Trouble instead, leading to her own death and Rex's survival.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: Let's face it. Without the Dino Attack, there wouldn't be a Dino Attack RPG. The entire Kotua crisis was caused by, well, Kotua turning evil. The Future Villains' sub-plot was caused by the villains going back in time. Guess who started the Cam O'Cozy subplot? The battle for the Power Station and the Final Battle both took place because of attacks by the Mutant Dinos, while the three story arcs were largely the result of Dino Attack Team cleaning up the Mutant Dinos' worldwide mess.
  • Villainous Rescue: Evil Ogel showed up in an airship just in time to save Rex and his friends from a Mutant Vinscale Octomus swarm. Later, he (or rather, his disguised drones) saved Rex and his friends again, this time from Dr. Rex twice during the final battle.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: According to Word of God, Baron Typhonus tried to make Dr. Rex dodge the Einstein Device. However, despite being enslaved to the Darkitect and becoming his possessed puppet, Dr. Rex deliberately resisted the Darkitect's orders and calmly accepted death, knowing that it would finally put an end to all the death and destruction that he caused.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Ata and Oswald each have one upon learning that they were nothing more than pawns for the Maelstrom.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Dr. Rex, over the course of the RPG. He's gone from a gentlemen-like scientist with misguided goals to a maddened monster who destroys everything in his path.
    • Dust has had on again off again villainous breakdowns when he allows his emotions to get in control of his plain. Most notably when he lost it after the assault on the south coast and became a fugitive. He has however managed to maintain his composure in the end. Carl Lutsky fits the trope better when he went from well-groomed jerk to crazy jerk with a vendetta.
    • Edward Korrupte had a very minor Villainous Breakdown. Although he hired Silencia Venomosa to do undercover work at Mindstorms, Inc., learning that Sindstorme had sent a team of mercenaries to steal blueprints from Dacta Corporation caused Korrupte to give Venomosa permission to kill everyone. Despite his professional-sounding letter, Venomosa could tell that it was masking a barely-controlled fury.
    • A minor one in Michelle Glados's final moments, visible in the fact that she broke character and started acting Not So Stoic.
    • Paulie Gonepus began to suffer one when he could not kill Holly Vinyaya that ultimately peaked with the destruction of his tentacles and Maelaser.
    • Blaire Darkling in his final fight.
  • The Voiceless: Amanda Claw, until she broke her vow of silence in the LEGO Island mission.
  • The Von Trope Family: An interesting variation with Lord Sam Sinister von Barron. Dino Attack RPG interprets the "von" of "Baron von Barron" as the German word for "of", making "Baron von Barron" a title meaning "Baron of Barron" rather than a Baron with the surname Barron; this is because Lord Sinister's surname seems to be truly Sinister, since his sister is named Alexis Sinister. This lead to the creation of Barron, a Fictional Country seemingly populated by Herr Doktors with stereotypical East European Funetik Aksents (a nod to the Baron's accent in LEGO Racers).

    W 
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: In the big picture, villains such as Anti-Kotua and Dino Aliens play little part in the overall story and just served as momentary threats.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: That one temple chamber filled with Mutant Raptors, leading to a Sickening "Crunch!".
  • War Is Hell:
    • that guy from that show, PeabodySam, Atton Rand, and Brikman McStudz have been known to use graphic descriptions of the battles and have all conveyed pretty clearly that war is not fun or glorious. Scenes set in the medical bay for example tend to show the stress and incredible amount of death and suffering that the staff have to deal with.
    • The ninja conflict really affected Solomon's ideals and he spends a considerable amount of time musing about how tired he is of violence during the final battle.
    • In the final battle, PeabodySam tried to convey this through the deaths of King Joseph Race, Adventure, Amanda Claw, and Trouble. Sam Race and Rex were both left rather shellshocked by the end of it.
  • The War Sequence: The beginning of the Final Battle.
  • Wartime Wedding:
    • Rex and Amanda's At World's End-inspired wedding during the final battle.
    • Another one apparently took place between Anju and Kafei, according to the comm chatter.
  • Was It All a Lie??:
    • During the Adventurers' Island Story Arc, shortly after learning about Amanda's identity as Silencia Venomosa and her secret fear that "Amanda Claw" is just a mask, Rex asked Amanda this question in regards to their love. Thankfully, Amanda's response was "no", and that helped to keep her grounded.
    • Rex asked Ata this question, and Ata's response was "yes".
  • Watching the Sunset: After the cleansing of the Maelstrom Temple, Rex watched the sunset over Adventurers' Island from aboard his T-1 Typhoon.
  • The Watson: Kate more or less. Lance has filled this role on some occasions.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • Greybeard, Ben Gunn, Brickspider Bot v1.0, Captain Click, Frank Einstein, Medic, Heavy, Michelle Glados, and Walker have spoken lines that are slightly-altered lyrics from "Still Alive". Michelle Glados also quotes a lyric from "Want You Gone".
    • Greybeard introduced himself to Ben Gunn by quoting a lyric from "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)". Later, different lyrics from the same song were quoted by Andrew "Pyro" Jackson during his rant.
    • After reading a note from Captain Click, Rex made a remark that quoted the song "Notes" from The Phantom of the Opera. Later, Baron Typhonus and Sam Sinister addressed one another with lyrics from the musical's title song.
    • When the voice was scolding Zach for drifting away from the Maelstrom in his dream, he used lines from the song "The Trial" by Pink Floyd.
    • Zachary and the Maelstrom voice in his head have lifted lines from songs by Nightwish, including "Master Passion Greed", "Scaretale", and "7 Days to the Wolves". The phrase used to describe Holly Vinyaya's emotions while being pummeled by Colonel were also lifted from "Master Passion Greed."
    • Two comments in the comm chatter referred to Danny, Lisa, rocking out, and being on the radio.
    • An agent on the comm chatter quoted the first lines of "I'll Make a Man Out of You". In First Assignment, another agent said an altered version of another lyric from the same song.
    • The comm chatter quotes a lyric from the "Nostalgia Critic Anthem" by Sad Panda.
    • During her final confrontation with Oswald, Minerva quoted two lines from "Paid in Full".
  • We Can Rebuild Him:
    • General, Frozeen, the Frickster, Fullmetal, and Dr. Cyborg.
    • Unconfirmed, but seeing as the titular creature of the Alien series has a very biomechanical appearance, it possibly applies to Raptor/Enox Phorm.
  • We Can Rule Together: Dr. Rex to Talia Kaahs.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Roger Remous and Redshirt, though the latter was deliberately invoked.
    • Quite a few players signed up for Dino Attack RPG and dropped out shortly afterward, resigning their characters to this fate.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Frozeen, in regards to Chompy and PBB, during his time as "The Phantom" at the start of the RPG. He later joined back up with them.
    • Kotua, in regards to Databoard and Frozeen, during his time where Chaos turned him Brainwashed and Crazy. He and Databoard were able to team up again later, though they never got a chance to reunite with Frozeen.
  • Webcomic Time: Dino Attack RPG lasted for over seven and a half years, but only spans eight months in-universe.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: Pirates Forbidden Island and Eldorado Fortress.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • XERRD scientists believe that, by creating the Mutant Dinosaurs and bringing about the apocalypse, they are simply helping destiny in its course.
    • Lutsky and Rotor both have the same goals as the rest of the team- to bring an end to the invasion of the mutant dinos. It's just that they're willing to take a few more risks that others would normally object to.
  • The Western: Anything involving Gold City, Fort Legoredo, or Clint Wayne.
  • Wham Episode: The Madness of Agent Zero. Specifically its ending, which offers an in-universe justification of the many retcons made to the early story, in a reveal in the vein of The LEGO Movie that arguably shakes up the entire meta universe of the RPG, all the while delivered through the trippy lens of Through the Eyes of Madness.
  • Wham Line: Usually you know it's a wham line when Brikman flips his laptop. Here are a few examples:
    • "Becase Gahiji, I'm your mommy." Claudia
    • "... you need not introduce yourself at all. I know exactly who you are, as well as everything about you... Lupus Schattenberg." Katerina Schattenberg
    • "Hello again, Rex." Frank Einstein
    • "Rex, I'm afraid you have less than a month to live." - Frank Einstein
    • "Rookie Agent Jason Helmutson, codename "Tracer."" - The file revealing the identity of Helmie's son
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: The battle for the Maelstrom Temple, during which Dino Attack agents were forced to experience illusions of their worst nightmares brought to life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Often happens as a result of player's characters being Out of Focus when that player is no longer active in the RPG, leaving those characters' fates largely unknown. Kotua and Databoard are particularly well-known examples, since they each had a huge presence in the RPG only to vanish in the middle of an Aborted Arc with no one knowing what happened to them. Even other characters in-universe wonder what happened to them.
    • Due to most side stories taking a back seat once the Story Arc formula was introduced, the status of the Dino Alien invasion is unknown.
    • What happened to the XERRD scientist who accidentally switched bodies with a Hybrid?
  • What If?:
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Defying this trope is the reasoning behind many idealists' motivations, especially Rex.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Since all dinosaurs appear to be intelligent animals, this trope is another reason behind the motivations of idealists.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Rotor has George arrested for disobeying orders. Technically, while he may have had good reasoning for doing so as he had been thinking of the agents inside he did still explicitly refuse to carry out a direct order given by a superior officer, so Rotor's charges were valid. However, rather than simply talking to him and maybe some small punishment, he tries to have him executed by firing squad. Some people reacted the same way when he proceeded to attempt to torture Jenny.
    • What Rex did to French Fries was not the right thing to do. Pharisee called Rex out on it, and Atton Rand (who wanted to see French Fries get punished) was shocked by the brutality of the situation.
    • Firecracker tried to perform a Taking You with Me... by blowing up Dino Attack Headquarters, which is what Dino Attack Team was fighting to defend, while there were doctors, patients, evacuees, Dino Attack agents, and other personnel still inside, an important Teleport Pad on the roof, and only a fraction of the Mutant Dino forces inside the building at that point.
  • What the Hell, Player?:
    • During the Antarctica mission, there was much emphasis, both IC and OOC, about the importance of keeping the mission secret. Despite these warnings, Atton Rand leaked the information through the actions of his primary character, Zenna, and two newly-created NPCs, Cam O'Cozy and French Fries. As the warnings were not heeded, the full consequences occurred, and suddenly the refugee facilities were full of panicked and angered rioters.
    • On a slightly smaller scale, there was a similar reaction after Jenny's torture.
    • PeabodySam and Jackson Lake worked out a rough idea for a confrontation during the Final Battle between Dr. Rex and Katerina Schattenberg, aka Catherine Alexander, which would cause Dr. Rex to question his actions and fight back against his enslavement to the Maelstrom. Unfortunately, when the moment finally arrived for Jackson Lake to initiate this confrontation, they got carried away and had Katerina disown her brother. This, of course, had the opposite effect from what had originally intended. Now there is an enraged, invincible, nigh-unstoppable T-Rex charging towards DAHQ even more determined to raze it to the ground.
    • Some people felt this way towards PeabodySam after Rex's Trauma Conga Line.
    • There were a ton of possible ways to bring Snake back into the final battle while showing off his personality. Did Atton Rand really need to go out of his way to beat up Plastic Serpent a second time?
  • What You Are in the Dark: Baron Typhonus attempted to goad Minerva Fabello into pushing Andrew into a death trap in the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins while Minerva and Andrew were alone. At the last second, Minerva saved Andrew from the trap.
  • What's in It for Me?: The Maelstrom, speaking through a Stromling, asked this of the team Dr. Cyborg was leading into the real Maelstrom Temple when they demanded entrance into the Vortex Chamber.
  • When Life Gives You Lemons...: Mentioned numerous times during the final battle, either by Pyro, or by the comm chatter, as a Shout-Out to Portal 2's infamous take on the phrase. The whole Portal 2 speech was played over the radio by Kara to boost morale.
  • Where It All Began: LEGO City is where the first Mutant Dinos appeared and the first location to appear in the RPG. Seven years later (eight months later in-universe), the Final Battle is being fought in LEGO City.
  • Where's the Kaboom?: In the Dino Island Laboratory, the Brickster's bombs did not explode right away, causing him to panic (especially since he was confronted by a maddened Dr. Rex at the moment) and start mashing his detonator until they finally did explode.
  • While LEGO City Burns: There's a mass evacuation of LEGO City just before the Final Battle, which absolutely reduces the city to ruins and ashes as the Dino Attack Team and their allies battle the largest army of Mutant Dinos they've ever faced... while Walter, Dude, and Donnie decide to go bowling in one of the city's abandoned bowling alleys.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Blaire Darkling carries shades of this.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Gates Crusher seems like a pretty strange name, made all the more bizarre by the fact that her first name was taken from a real-life actress.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Semick once grumbled about elements of this story that were apparently written by nerds.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: There was a dress in Spy's briefcase...
  • Why Won't You Die?:
    • Glados to Rex during her Villainous Breakdown.
    • Zach to Blaire after he stopped another attack that would've killed him before actually killing him.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Whereas most of his fellow agents found themselves paralyzed with emotion with their Maelstrom visions, Andrew was stunned for all of five seconds before Genre Savvy kicked in and he shot his illusion of the Infomaniac without second thought.
  • Wicked Cultured: Dust and Rotor.
  • Wicked Witch: Willa the Witch.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist:
    • Many of the Elite agents, but particularly Rex.
    • How Dr. Koplowitz started his philosophy. He eventually changed after the ninja wars.
  • Will They or Won't They?: There was quite a bit of Unresolved Sexual Tension between Hertz and Naomi Carver, as well as between Frozeen and Gromtin.
  • Window Pain: This is how Evil Ogel and General Evil broke into the Dino Island Laboratory, and later how Pterisa delivered her chess piece to the founding members.
  • Winged Humanoid: Ptero.
  • Witch with a Capital B: The way that King Joseph Race screams "You witch!" at Willa heavily suggests this. Later, Johnny "bricking" Gat lets you know that This Is for Emphasis, Witch!
  • A Wizard Did It:
    • Literally. Soldier and Demoman became Fire-Forged Friends after they both angered Majisto the Wizard and were forced to work together to defend a small castle from Majisto's dragon.
    • Axle's presence on the LEGO Planet was explained as being a "teleporter malfunction" with absolutely no explanation of what happened.
    • How are Vladek and Evil Ogel, who are eight generations apart, working together? The first explanation was literally A Wizard Did It, since Vladek used dark magic to keep himself alive all these years. The current explanation is Time Travel.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Dr. Rex.
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: There's a reason why there have been at least four pirates in the Dino Attack Team.
  • Worst Aid:
    • Enter and Return perform this as they always did, but now it is frequently lampshaded by Alan Pierce.
      • Played for laughs when Enter saved a clinically dead patient by hitting her with a shark after conventional CPR and a defibrillator failed to revive her. Of course to be fair the patient in question had just been infected with another man's creative sparks.
      • Also parodied when Shaw had to take Pierce to LEGO Island's hospital after he accidentally ate a rediculously hot pizza. When trying to prove that she was a qualified doctor, it turned out that Clickitt apparently didn't know what a medical liscense was.
    • Pierce strongly considers Medic to be a case of this, although Rex and the rest of the Second Headquarters Squad would probably disagree.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Dust viewed Rockford as a match for his intellect.
    • Blaire Darkling/Matthew Vherestorm to Kareem Nazareno.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • While there has been no explicit mention of children being killed, Rotor has shown that he has no problem torturing them and possibly even enjoys doing so.
    • Dust grew up in an abusive household. His alcoholic father would often hit the ten-year-old boy.
      • Michelle Glados also grew up under similar circumstances as Dust.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?:
    • According to Word Of God, this is how Rex learned that Finister killed Roger Remous.
    • Kotua taunted Rex by telling him about how Perfect Chaos drowned all his tamed Mutant Dinos, including Trouble. Of course, since this was just an illusion and we later confirm that Trouble was still alive, this is most likely a subversion where nobody actually died.
    • The Darkitect was about to tell Greybeard how Sir Robert Batrick died, but Greybeard cut him off with a Shut Up, Hannibal!
  • Wrench Whack: Engineer caught The Mole by hitting him in the head with a wrench.
  • Writer on Board: Let's face it. The negative portrayals of Agents, Power Miners, and Plastic Serpent all stem from the fact that the writers don't like them and want to preach about how much they don't like them, regardless of how good they actually might be.
    • Plastic Serpent is probably the worst case of the lot. The negative portrayals of Agents and Power Miners were largely the result of Nostalgia Filter and players growing up on their spiritual predecessors, but it was at least made clear that this may simply be the viewpoint of many of the characters and not absolute fact; additionally, Agents and Power Miners were progressively depicted in a better light over the course of the RPG, thanks to characters like Osprey and Semick. Plastic Serpent, meanwhile was a completely unnecessary allegory to emphasize a claim that later turned out to be entirely false note . Admittedly it's made all the worse by the fact that he tried to change Solid Snake from a government-hired badass mercenary into a low-life criminal scumbag who ended up being Unintentionally Sympathetic while the "better" Snake came off as a complete Jerkass at best note .

    X 
  • Xanatos Gambit: Baron Typhonus, being the true Chessmaster behind the Dino Attack, came up with a Xanatos Gambit to ensure the destruction of LEGO Planet. Bring the Maelstrom Crystal to the Maelstrom Temple? He becomes powerful enough to destroy LEGO Planet. Destroy the crystal? He'll still become powerful enough, just give him a little more time. Close the Maelstrom vortex within the temple? As long as there's Maelstrom in the Mutant Dinos, Baron Typhonus is never truly banished, and the chaos and destruction of the Mutant Dinos will grant him the power to eventually destroy LEGO Planet. Defeat Dr. Rex? Baron Typhonus uses the Maelstrom in Dr. Rex's body to possess him and turn him into an SNK Boss to lead the Mutant Dinos to victory. Essentially, no matter what happens, the Maelstrom grows powerful enough and LEGO Planet is ultimately destroyed. Baron Typhonus wins.

    Y 
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Letting Rex and Amanda finally marry before killing off Amanda? Now that's just cruel.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Lord Vladek attempted to speak Olde Englishe, but mixed up pronouns and stuck -eth at the end of random words. Lampshaded by Greybeard and later King Joseph Race.
  • Yes-Man: Gunderson, the assistant to agent French Fries who reluctantly carried out all of his orders, including those associated with exposing the Antarctica mission (which involved getting the story published on the front page of the local newspaper, which turned out not to be such a good idea).
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Greybeard's flashback/dream sequence was heavily inspired by A Christmas Carol, with the storyline drawing from Scrooge's journey into the past and the spirit inspired by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
  • You ALL Share My Story: How many times have Rex, Reptile, Hotwire, Zenna, Andrew, Zachary, etc. met up with each other?
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Andrew's final speech to Rex can basically be summed up as this.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious:
    • Variation. If Chompy says "please", it must be serious.
    • Rex usually refers to Zachary Virchaus as "Zachary" or "Virchaus". He called him "Zach" just before he sacrificed his Creative Spark.
  • You Do Not Want To Know: It's probably better that we don't find out what horrific procedure Pierce was put through when Enter and Return were treating him for exposure to super-hot-spicy-tongue-melting-jail-cell-door-opening-pizza.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Said by Rex when he saw Wallace Bishop in the Temple of Creation.
  • You Have Failed Me: Said by the Darkitect while killing Ahua.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Spoken far too many times to count, though one notable example is that Glados said this as a Shout-Out to Portal 2 when she saw that Trouble was still alive.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While the Darkitect could heal his subordinates, he sometimes purposely left some Stromlings to die after being critically wounded, such as Kiddy. Ahua was killed by the Maelstrom for this reason.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Hotwire noted that Greybeard just HAD to mention the warm, cozy fire...
  • You Know What They Say: According to Dr. Robert Nicholas, the more, the merrier!
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Rex to Frozeen, after the latter caught a glimpse of Ben Gunn using the Super Teleport Pad.
  • You Just Told Me: Dodged by Rex, who knew better than to reply to Dr. Glados's question regarding Chompy. However, it was said that Frozeen was the one who warned Rex about this trope, suggesting that Frozeen (who disguised himself numerous times during Mission Deep Freeze as an Ice Drone and later took advantage of having a G.E. Body identical to that of General Evil) fell for this at least once.
  • You No Take Candle: Some of the TumTum Tribesmen, such as Taglong, spoke with broken English, although this trope was averted by Achu.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Libo, who destroyed the Stone Tower Bridge (while still standing on it) to prevent the Mutant Dinos from following his friends.
  • You're Insane!!: Rex to Michelle Glados.
  • Young Gun: Lance Williams.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Mostly a result from compliments of Ogel, the Darkitect, and Dust.
  • Your Answer to Everything:
    • Give Firecracker a problem, any problem- and I guarantee you 99.9% percent of the time he'll find a way to work explosives into his solution.
    • In a comm conversation, a minor character (named Bacon on the agents page) responded to a series of problems (a guy somehow nailing his finger to a birdhouse, a malfunctioning engine, and the same guy getting attacked by a mutant Tyrannosaurus rex) with "Rub some bacon on it". Strangely, this apparently worked.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Rex, who is slowly dying thanks to Dr. Rex essentially poisoning himself with Jugend Serum and Maelstrom.
  • Your Head A-Splode:
    • Katerina Schattenberg blows up the Stromling Crocodile's head with a unstable cosmotronic ray. Later, Hertz does it with an oxygen canister to a Mutant T-Rex.
    • Alas, poor Spy. World's best infiltrator did not stand a chance against a shotgun to the face.
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: Used too often to list every example, but villains do love referring to Amanda as Rex's "little girlfriend" and Trouble as Rex's "little pet".

    Z 
  • Zombie Advocate: Some idealist extremists, such as Rex, are Zombie Advocates towards Mutant Dinos.

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